Fellows Reflections

Each spring, each Fellow has the opportunity to write a reflection that captures their learning during the program, and progress with their campus-community collaborations. In the first two years, we called these project reports.


While we present the reflection as a program requirement, we don’t compel anyone to do it. Some Fellows haven’t submitted a reflection, largely because they get too busy at the end of the academic year.


We encourage Fellows to submit their reflection within a few weeks of the final cohort meetings, while the experience is still fresh. Some Fellows submit their reflection months after the program ends, and we accept them at any time.  


We are continually experimenting with ways to make this opportunity attractive and to help people follow through on it.


Reflections for each year are posted for public viewing on the Community Engagement Fellows website.


Below is the prompt that we use to solicit reflections:

Kristiana Kahakauwila, Professor of Creative Writing at WWU, progressed with her idea to launch a website featuring art and artists whose work engages the Hawaiian creed ola i ka wai (in water there is life).

"CE Fellows has helped me focus on a project that I've long wanted to get off the ground. I've been able to receive feedback to aid development, trouble-shooting and the scope of my original idea. But more important to me than the project itself is the cross-campus (and cross-campuses, and community) connections I've made. CE Fellows has expanded who I know in town, and that's been a professional boon but also a social and personal delight."

- Kristiana Kahakauwila

Community Engagement Fellows Reflection




Please share a brief (~2 pages) reflection on your accomplishments and growth as a Community Engagement Fellow.


As you construct your reflection, consider these questions:

  1. Which activities in the Fellows program have been most meaningful to you? Why?

  2. Which new insights did you gain?

  3. How did program activities and new insights affect your practices? What did they enable that would not have otherwise happened? 

  4. What difference have your new practices made in your work, considering both your own sense of professional success, and the ways your organization defines success?

  5. How has the program changed your professional or personal priorities, and/or understanding of what matters?


Feel free to answer these questions separately, or write a more fluid reflection that blends your answers to these questions together. Make it your own! Please include a title.


This reflection will be posted on the Community Engagement Fellows website.


Important audiences for these documents include:


·      Yourself—Capture what you’ve learned and experienced as a Fellow!

·      Your colleagues—Inspire and inform them.

·      Future CE Fellows—How can they follow your lead, and/or avoid pitfalls?

·      Community members—Help them think about how you can become resources for each other.


Examples can be found on the “Project Reports” pages on cefellows.org (we used to call these reflections project reports).




Our programming takes place on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed, from time immemorial. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, particularly the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.

(For more information: WWU Tribal Relations)

Thank you to the numerous organizations that have empowered and continue to support this collaborative effort through co-sponsoring events and providing meeting space, expertise, and communication support. Special thanks to Eastern Washington University, Northwest Indian College, University of Puget Sound, Whatcom County Library System, and Whiteswan Environmental for their ongoing dedication to the work.

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